East Asia Forum

East Asia Forum

Beijing’s self-sabotage in the South China Sea

Activists stage a protest outside the Chinese Consulate, guarded by Philippine police, on the fifth anniversary of an international arbitral court ruling invalidating Beijing's historical claims over the waters of the South China Sea, in Makati City, Philippines, 12 July, 2021 (Photo: Reuters/Eloisa Lopez).

Author: Gregory Poling, CSIS The situation in the South China Sea continues to deteriorate — military tensions are rising, Southeast Asian states are losing space to exercise their rights, fisheries are sliding closer to collapse and China is undermining its…

How will Duterte’s successor deal with China?

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to the media in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, 2 October 2021 (Photo: Reuters/Lisa Marie David).

Author: Richard Javad Heydarian, Manila Over the past five years, bilateral relations between China and the Philippines, a United States treaty ally, have undergone a tremendous transformation. In the words of a top Chinese diplomat, what we have witnessed, especially…

‘Make in India’ a work in progress

Dressmaker making a garment in his workshop, Amritsar, India, 18 March 2019 (Photo: Reuters/Christopher Bellette)

Author: Aasheerwad Dwivedi, Delhi University Historical experience presents ‘structural transformation’ as a necessary condition for achieving high economic growth in any country. The typical transformation path involves people moving from agriculture towards industries and then services, from low to high…